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Goen Dining + Bar, Kailua, HI

Goen Dining + Bar

4.6
4.6
848 Reviews
$31 to $50
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Chef driven and crave-worthy, the GOEN Dining + Bar menu is a combination of creative Pan-Asian/American dishes showcasing Hawaii's vibrant local flavors in a hip & refreshing atmosphere. Local meats and fish grilled over kiawe wood, fresh salads & creative sushi bring guests a time-honored dining experience that only Roy Yamaguchi & his team can.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri–Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 263-4636

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Yoichi Saito

  • Private party facilities

    Thank you for thinking of Roy's for your special function. We are ready to create a special menu and dining experience you and your guests will rave about! Our exceptional banquet and kitchen staff are experienced, knowledgeable and ready to help you plan your family gatherings, celebrations, cocktail receptions and business meetings.

  • Neighborhood

    Kailua

  • Parking details

    Right in Front of the restaurant, at the Lau Hala Shops.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 848 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. E

    Eric

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Seems like it lost its luster. Not impressed with it anymore. Short staffed it appears hence the reviews.
  2. H

    Happy

    Hawaii

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Neighborhood restaurant. We love going there.
  3. MW

    MichaelW

    Hawaii

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Goen. It’s our go-to place in Kailua.
  4. LD

    LocalDine

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great venue. Met long time friends for dinner at 6:30pm. We talked for a while before ordering pupu’s, beverages and then later entree’s. Our waiter did not rush us. The beer and wine were both cold. The pupu’s delicious. We ordered the shrimp scampi and fish and chips. We each enjoyed our entree’s. Dinner was followed by coconut ice cream!
  5. K

    Kayl

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful delicious dinner
  7. SS

    SSYA

    Hawaii

    221 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    221 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    It was nice to return & see many familiar faces last night. I was also pleased that the taste & quality of the food has remained the same. We look forward to returning again soon.
  8. MW

    MichaelW

    Hawaii

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    These people are family to us and take amazing care. We love every thing about Goen.
  9. RO

    RachelO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    My request for an inside table was gladly accommodated. It seemed like a busy night but orders were happily taken, food was at a good temperature and delicious.
  10. MK

    MikeandKris

    Hawaii

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time dining here. The service was great!! Very friendly and helpful with the menu. The food was delicious. We’ll definitely be coming back.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food, drinks and service
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    42 reviews

    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    overall a fun and quality place to drink, eat and unwind. drinks are top notch. bartender is great. food is good quality. wish there was a little more food on the plate for the prices .
  13. TC

    TomC

    Portland

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Lovely setting despite location in shopping mall. Kudos to architects along with use of planters to screen driveway and parking lot. Excellent, attentive service. Loved the sake flight. Food quality is high, though I think some items are overpriced (example, $41 for Sashimi Moriawase, which has only 9 pieces of sashimi and a California roll). Also, you cannot order sashimi individually and there is no nigiri. The Truffled Gnocchi con Burrata is VERY rich, bathed in dense cheese sauce.The Crispy Brussels & Cauliflower is quite tasty. Best dish? Hands down, the Misoyaki Roasted Eggplant. Would be great to offer some vegetarian rolls. There are no obvious vegan options.
  14. A

    Anonymous

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Wait service is exceptionally outstanding-friendly, professional, efficient.
  15. CD

    CDE24

    Hawaii

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    To me, this place focused on lots of vegetable dishes which is a great break from the heavy protein laden appetizers that other restaurants serve. I was able to enjoy a lot more foods without the guilt of overeating. Their main dishes that did serve the proteins was just enough to satisfy the carnivore in me. Dishes worthy of mention were the cauliflower and Brussel sprouts appetizer. Seasoned well with hints of cumin. I would've preferred the Brussels cut a little smaller, however. Miso eggplant always wins no matter what restaurant I go to. I love eggplant cooked any which way. Thinking these two dishes weren't enough, I also ordered the warm beat salad with feta cheese. Winner. Ate it all. When the main dish came, a duck dish, was very good. My friend had the braised short ribs with polenta. Another winner. Had I not ordered the salad, I probably would be able to eat it all. Even tho full, I couldn't leave without trying the lemon cheesecake and their version of Halo halo, minus the traditional ingredients that usually make me avoid this dessert, and I'm Filipino! Can't forget the lychee martini! So good and strong! Considering I didn't eat all day, the drink got me tipsy after 2 sips. Didn't help that I was drinking it like juice. You know it's good when you can't taste the liquor. Overall, the food was great, the ambiance was meh only because the planters had dirt scattered all over, even made it to our chairs. Probably from the chicken I saw roaming the open outdoor seating area. They might want to clean up better before seating customers. The final bill was a pretty penny. Definitely not a weekly eatery for me. Quite pricey, but if you have the funds, it's worth checking out.
  16. CK

    ChristianK

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a fantastic experience! Great service, great food, great drinks!
  17. TF

    TravelingFam007

    Los Angeles

    95 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Service was great as usual, as were the cocktails. However, the gazpacho was watery - not as good as usual. Hoping they were just off tonight and it’ll be back to being favorite gazpacho.
  18. LR

    LROD

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our service yesterday was outstanding despite how busy they were. Our server lives Aloha. Teamwork makes this staff so amazing (great sushi and drinks too) and keeps us coming back!
  19. SH

    SteveH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was prepared wonderfully and the service excellent.
  20. SK

    SusaninKailua

    Hawaii

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Clay was great, made our evening!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was fantastic, they were so attentive and extremely kind to the kids. They brought out complimentary desserts for them. Very family friendly and its nice to have waiters/waitresses engage the kids- it helps put everyone at ease and the kids practice their table manners. The food also was very delicious, We will come back!
  22. MW

    MichaelW

    Hawaii

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic, as usual.
  23. JO

    JOANNEP

    Las Vegas

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the perfectly cooked salmon with my roasted beets & Sweetland Farm's feta. YUM! Of course, one can't go wrong with the Goen burger, onion ring makes it.
  24. SR

    SeanR

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service was excellent. Only improvement could have been the music. Please consider playing Island music. Or music without lyrics. The country music is incongruent with the atmosphere of the restaurant
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and I Love the Duck dish !!! We eat here often . Your old Chef is making things happen at Mid Pac , Steve & Liz Mahalo
  26. l

    lakelife

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Even though outside seating was adjacent to a parking lot, we had a nice view of sun setting over the rain forest. Drinks and dinner were delicious, fast friendly service would definitely come again
  27. AJ

    AnJie

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect birthday dinner yet again! Our waitress Ana was incredibly sweet & patient. The service is always top tier & I’m always left wishing we made more time to eat at Goen! Keep up the good work!
  28. MW

    MichaelW

    Hawaii

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    We enjoy conversation at Goen. That’s why we go there. To eat amazing food and talk story.
  29. P

    Pleased

    Sacramento

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Meager menu but great service.
  30. AT

    AlvinTheMaddGolferK

    Hawaii

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great location and always good food and service. The have their challenges much as any other food service establishment but they don't let it show. I still hope they will open their bar area for food service but that still remains to be seen as the employment issues continue so I will have to take up a whole table for two just for me. I like that they continue to make changes to their menu as the seasons change and food items evolve. Hopefully as business continues to pick up, they will be able to make more options available as this is still one of my favorite dining spots in Kailua town.
  31. s

    sttkailua

    Las Vegas

    59 reviews

    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Seated promptly. Attentive service!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience2
    Best part of the evening was our amazing server who was really the only server and host for the whole restaurant. Everything other than that has really gone downhill in the last few months :( there’s basically no vegetarian options and everything else was was smaller portions than it used to be and menu was downsized.
  33. J

    Jima

    Pinehurst

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Still my favorite place in kailua to eat. Service amazing, food amazing, ambiance amazing. Thank you
  34. MW

    MichaelW

    Hawaii

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the moment you arrive, you can expect high level service. Servers share insights to the menu items and many times, the managers will bring your meal to you. Great for unique dishes with that special Roy’s flair. In a word, Spectacular.
  35. WP

    WendyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great local restaurant with lovely service! Will visit again.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Our waitperson was excellent!
  37. H

    Hokulani

    Hawaii

    148 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    148 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Our guests enjoyed the Goen burgers. We usually order the burger but decided to try the fish and chips and fresh beet salad. The waffle fries were too salty and the battered fish was also too salty and over cooked(batter was dark brown) normally nice golden brown.
  38. KL

    KailuaLocal

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent service. Friendly staff. The fish with fennel and saffron sauce was very tasty and well-cooked. Nice presentation. The cheesecake was superb.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wait staff very friendly and attentive. Food was very good. Only complaint is the wicker benches are old and need to be replaced. We asked to move tables due to the benches making our backs sore but they were able to accommodate our request.
  40. T

    Travis

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    It's been our 4-5 time going to Goen. This time was a little dissapointing in that the salad we ordered didn't have salad dressing, we had to ask for some and the adult spirits were sub-par. There seemed to be little to no taste to the Barrata dish. We haven't talked about giving Goen a 2nd chance but we'll have to cross that road when we get the itch, if we get it at all.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Goen Dining + Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 263-4636.

Goen Dining + Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 848 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today
Google Map for Goen Dining + Bar

573 Kailua Rd, Kailua, HI 96734-2814

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Kailua

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri–Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Farm-to-table

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Right in Front of the restaurant, at the Lau Hala Shops.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Yoichi Saito

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (808) 263-4636

  • Private party facilities

    Thank you for thinking of Roy's for your special function. We are ready to create a special menu and dining experience you and your guests will rave about! Our exceptional banquet and kitchen staff are experienced, knowledgeable and ready to help you plan your family gatherings, celebrations, cocktail receptions and business meetings.

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